Div. I, III playoff picture takes focus COLLEGE LACROSSE

April 30, 1991|By James H. Jackson

With the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III season all but completed and Division I teams about to close out their schedules, the focus in college lacrosse is turning to postseason tournaments.

The eight-team Division III field will be chosen Sunday, and 12-team Division I tournament participants will be selected May 12.

Salisbury State (13-0), ranked No. 1 in the coaches poll, undoubtedly will be the top Division III seed. Hobart, which has struggled to a 4-6 record this season, will try to win a

12th consecutive title. Other possibilities are Nazareth (10-1), Ohio Wesleyan (10-3), Gettysburg (12-1), Washington & Lee (10-3), Rochester Tech (7-4), Hartwick (9-4), Wooster (12-2), Ithaca (8-2) and Alfred (13-3).

In Division I, the picture still is cloudy. North Carolina (12-0), ranked No. 1 in The Sun poll, and Brown (12-0), ranked No. 2,

probably will get two of the four first-round byes. The Tar Heels complete their season against Pennsylvania (5-6) on May 11, and Brown finishes Saturday against Cornell (8-4).

Other teams that might get first-round byes include: No. 3 Maryland (8-3), which finishes against Maryland Baltimore County (7-6) on Saturday; No. 4 Princeton (10-2), which plays Dartmouth on Saturday and Hofstra (6-5) on May 11; No. 5 Virginia (9-3), which ends against Roanoke (8-5) tonight; and No. 7 Syracuse (9-2), the defending champion, which plays at No. 10 Massachusetts (8-2) Saturday and at Adelphi on March 11.

One berth goes to the West champion, likely Michigan State (6-4).

Other possibilities for the Division I tournament are No. 6 Johns Hopkins (6-3), No. 8. Loyola (7-3), Towson State (8-2), Massachusetts, Cornell, Army (9-3), Penn State (8-4) and Duke (7-5).

The National Junior College Athletic Association tournament will be May 10-12 at Catonsville Community College. Essex CC (14-0) is top-ranked among JuCo teams.

USILA Div. I poll

No. School .. .. .. .. .. ..Record.. Pts.

1. North Carolina (12). ....12-0 . . 240

Brown. . . . . . . . . ..12-0 . . 224

3. Maryland. . . . . . . . . 8-3. .. 210

4. Princeton . . . . . . . .10-2. .. 196

5. Virginia. . . . . . . . . 9-3. .. 187

6. Syracuse. . . . . . . . ..8-2. .. 186

7. Johns Hopkins. . . . . . .6-3. . .183

8. Loyola. . . . . . . . . .7-3. . . 158

9. Towson State. . . . . . ..8-2. . .138

10.Massachusetts. . . . . . 8-2. . . 137

11. Duke.. . . . . . . . . . 7-5. . .101

12. Rutgers. . . . . . . . . 6-5. . .101

13. Army. . . . . . . . . . .9-3. . . 88

14. Cornell. . . . . . . . . 8-4. . . 75

15. Penn State. . . . . . .. 8-4. . . 70

15. Yale. . . .. . . . . ... 8-6. . . 70

17. Navy. . . . . . . . . . 5-6. . . 62

18. Pennsylvania. . . . . . 5-6. . . 30

19. Hofstra. . . . .. . . .. 6-5. . . 30

20. C.W. Post. . . . . . . . 4-6. . . 15

(First-place votes in parentheses)

USILA Div. III poll

No.School.. .. .. .. .. .. ...Record ..Pts.

Salisbury State (12). . . . 13-0. . 240

2. Ohio Wesleyan. . . . . . ...10-3. ..223

3. Gettysburg. . . . . . . .. .12-1. . 220

4. Nazareth. . . . . . . . . . 10-1. . 195

5. Hobart. . . . . . . . . .. . 4-6. . 182

(tie) Washington & Lee. . . . .10-3. . 182

7. Ithaca. . . . . . . . . . .. 8-2. . 162

8. Middlebury. . . . . . . .. . 7-1. . 147

9. Alfred. . . . . . . . . . . 13-3. . 133

10. Rochester Inst.. . . .. . . 7-4. . 119

11. Wooster. . . . . . . . . ..12-2. . 113

12. Hartwick. .. . . . . . .. ..9-4. . 90

13. Clarkson. . . . . . . . . . 8-3. . 82

14. Roanoke. . . . . .. .. . .. 8-5. . .80

15. Williams. . . . . . . . . . 8-0. . .78

16. Bowdoin. . . . . . . . . . .12-2. ..57

17. Cortland State. . . . . . .. 5-7. . 50

18. Washington, Md.. . . . . . . 3-7. ..38

19. Whittier. . . . . . . . . ..19-0. ..24

20. Denison. . . . . . . . .. .. 7-7. ..23

(First-place votes in parentheses)

The Sun's top 10

No. School.. .. .. .. Record.. Pts. . Pre.

1. North Carolina. . . 12-0 . . 80 . ..1

2. Brown. . . . . . ....12-0. . . 72. .2

3. Maryland. . . . . . . 8-3. . . 61. .4

4. Princeton. . . . . . 10-2. . . 53. .5

5. Virginia. . . . . .. 9-3. . . 46.. .3

6. Johns Hopkins. . . .. 6-3. . . 40. .6

7. Syracuse. . . . . . . 8-2. . . 35. .7

8. Loyola. . . . . . . . 7-3. . . 28. .8

9. Towson State. .. . . 8-2. . . 15. ..9

10. Massachusetts. . . . 8-2. . . 6.. -

Other schools receiving votes: Duke 2, Rutgers 1, Salisbury State 1.

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